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When I started this place it was primarily for book reviews and thoughts on all things literary. Well the book reviews are still here, but somehow it's grown into a place for me and others to practice short fictional writing and of course a place where I can give my thoughts and opinions on virtually any subject that might take my fancy.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Tag: All About Authors

Thanks to The Tome Traveller for tagging me on this. See Tome Traveller’s own answers here.

Who is your all time favourite author and why?

Such a very difficult question. Almost impossible to answer really, but if push comes to shove I’d have to say William Shakespeare. Living where I do which is an hour or two from Stratford I was lucky enough to visit the Shakespeare Theatre when I was a kid for English classes. I suppose I fell in love with the words from an early age. It also helped seeing the plays performed too, made them that much easier to understand.

Who was your first favourite author, and why? Do you still consider him or her among your favourites?

Enid Blyton, I grew up reading her stories - firstly "The Faraway Tree" and "Wishing Chair" stories and then as I grew older I progressed to "The Secret Seven" and "Famous Five" mysteries. I never liked Noddy though, still don’t, having seen a few episodes on Children’s TV lately. I still have a soft spot for Ms Blyton so much so that when I found her biography on Amazon it went immediately onto my wish list.

Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favourite authors, and why?

Markus Zusak, Diane Setterfield and Keith Gray. I’ve recently read novels by all three of them and was blown away. I’ve already got a couple more of Keith Gray’s to read, the other two I’ll now be on the look out for.

If someone asked you who your favourite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth? Are there any you’d add on a moment of further reflection?

Straight out I’d say old and new - William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Jules Verne, H G Wells, John Wyndham, Wilfred Owen, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Anne Rice, Martina Cole, Tom Sharpe, Tom Holt, David Eddings and Terry Goodkind.

On reflection I’d add, Diane Setterfield, Markus Zusak, Keith Gray, L Frank Baum (after watching Tin Man on TV and deciding to read the OZ stories again), Edgar Rice Burroughs and P G Wodehouse.

I almost forgot Enid Blyton and Clive King (author of Stig of the Dump)Doh!


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My name is Jac, Jacquie, Jacquelynn, TheBookImp or just Imp. I live in the UK. I love to read as is probably obvious. I also like to write. Anything else you would like to know just ask.

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